Undrafted free agent Brandon Sinnery has been quite the find for the Dbacks when they signed him to a minor league deal this off-season following a successful stint in the Independent Leagues. He was assigned to South Bend to start the season where he was a mid-season all-star and earned a promotion to Visalia, typically a difficult jump for young pitchers. Sinnery has since made four starts for the Rawhide and pitched quite well in three of those starts. He pitched four years at Michigan where he really didn't do a lot to distinguish himself, though he was solid. He didn't get drafted, nor signed by a major league club so he pitched in the Independent League in 2012. So far, he's done as much as anyone pitching-wise at the lower levels and now he's found himself squarely in the cross hairs of attention as perhaps a legitimate prospect. He most certainly deserved to be on my Top 60 list and I honestly overlooked him. If he keeps this up he'll be on my season-ending list for sure.
3 Stars: Brandon Sinnery, Visalia 8 IP, 4 H, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 ER, W (3-1)
2 Stars: Jesse Darrah, South Bend 7 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 ER, W (10-7)
1 Star: Stryker Trahan, Missoula 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 DBL, 1 HR (5), 2 RBI
0 Stars: Carlos Hernandez, Missoula 2/3 IP, 6 H, 0 BB, 1 K, 5 ER, L (3-3)
Triple A: Reno - Off Day
Double A: Mobile - Rained Out
High A: Visalia 3 San Jose 2.Brandon Sinnery was superb shutting out the best team in the California League over 8 innings on 4 hits and no walks. RJ Hively came on and got a nerve-wracking save allowing 2 runs before getting the final out and his 8th save. The Rawhide scored all three runs in the 5th inning, with 2 of them coming on Jake Lamb's 9th home run.
Low A: South Bend 5 Fort Wayne 2.The good Jesse Darrah showed up last night and he posted 7 shutout innings on 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out 5. Enrique Burgos got the final two outs for his 16th save. Fidel Pena hit a 2-run homer in the 2nd inning and Brandon Drury went 2 for 3 with a double.
Short Season A: Hillsboro - Off Day
Rookie: Missoula 5 @ Helena 11.Carlos Hernandez couldn't get out of the first before allowing 5 runs and that was pretty much that. Stryker Trahan went 2 for 4 with a double and a 2-run homer, his 5th.
AZL Rookie: Dbacks 9 @ Mariners 3. Justin Van Grouw made his first pro start after 11 relief appearances and was good enough, especially considering the offense providing 9 runs. Van Grouw allowed 3 runs over 5 innings. Jamie Westbrook went 2 for 4 with 2 doubles and an RBI, and Justin Williams went 2 for 5 with a double and an RBI.